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Calling oboe and bassoon players of all standards

Thu Jun 15 2017

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Calling all oboe and bassoon players! Join us for a unique opportunity to perform Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks with a specially-created massed wind ensemble.

On Sunday 16 July we’re performing the Fireworks Music and are hoping to get as near as we can to the original scoring (24 oboes, 12 bassoons, trumpets, horns and percussion). We’ll be doing it all at Cecil Sharp House in central London.

Am I good enough?
The project is for oboe and bassoon players of any standard (above grade 1) and we’ve specially adapted parts for those at an early stage of learning. You’ll play Handel’s Fireworks Music and a new piece by Anthony Bailey for oboes and bassoons. Players from the OAE will demonstrate their old instruments and we will have music from the Camden New Voices choir, before finishing with a rousing finale for everyone. It ‘ll be a fun day, and a brilliant celebration of wind music.

Family and friends are welcome to join us for our free performance at 1.30pm. If you’re a player at grade 6 or above you are welcome to join us just on the performance day (16 July). If you’re at an earlier stage in your playing you’ll probably feel more comfortable if you can also come along to the rehearsal on 2 July.

10am–1pm, Sunday 2 July,  Kings Place
10am–1pm, Sunday 16 July, Cecil Sharp House

1.30pm, Sunday 16 July, Cecil Sharp House

How do I get involved? 
Interested? Please fill in a reply slip and return it to Cathy Boyes at cathy@bluedodo.co.uk. The deadline for replies is Friday 30 June.
Any queries? Please email Cathy or call her on 01420 86267 or 07958 790173.

One Comment

  • We only just saw this on 30 June in emailed OAE newsletter & will submit form asap for Helena Neil-Smith (aged 16). She is Grade 5 oboe – working towards Grade 6.

    Jonathan Neil-Smith Fri Jun 30 2017